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Mass rescue as unexpected rip tide sweeps out bathers

The RNLI have been involved in a mass rescue after more than a dozen people were swept out to sea by a rip tide.

Lifeguards were called into action on Perranporth beach on Friday when a large set of waves suddenly caused a sudden, and short lived, flash rip current dragging bathers out of their depth.

In total 10 people were rescued after being carried out by the tide, while another five were saved after being dragged out to sea by strong offshore winds.

Crews launched the inshore rescue lifeboat, which quickly began pulling people aboard three at a time, all between the ages of 17 and 19.

At the same time RNLI lifeguard James Kirton paddled over on the rescue board and picked up a male from the rip current, before bringing him safely back to shore.

Others caught in the rip current managed to get back to shore safely with lifeguards, Ben Gardiner and Andrew Byatt, paddling on rescue boards alongside them.

Luckily some of the lifeguards were training in the water at the time and saw it happen straight away.

Watch the dramatic rescue below:


Balloons released in memory of schoolgirl

Seven year old Esmee Polmear died at school in Perranporth Credit: SWNS

Balloons will be released tomorrow in memory of a schoolgirl who died in Cornwall last week.

Seven year old Esmee Polmear collapsed at Perranporth School on Wednesday and was pronounced dead at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Her family are hoping to raise money to buy a defibrillator for the school.

Family and friends will meet at Perranporth tennis courts at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon. Family say anyone is welcome.

If you want to make a donation in memory of Esmee you can visit her fundraising page. Over £6,500 has been raised so far.

Thousands raised for school girl's funeral

Thousands raised for school girl's funeral Credit:

Thousands of pounds has been raised for the family of a school girl from Cornwall who died suddenly last week.

Seven year old Esmee Polmear collapsed at Perranporth School on Wednesday and was pronounced dead at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Money is being raised to help Esmee's family with funeral costs.

Esmee's head teacher Alistair Johnson described her as a "bright, popular and fun loving member of our school who touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her."

A website has been set up for donations.

Cornish school 'devastated' at sudden death of seven-year-old

Esmee Polmear collapsed at school. Credit: ITV News

Tributes have been paid to a seven-year-old girl who died after collapsing suddenly at Perranporth School.

Esmee Polmear was pronounced dead at the Royal Cornwall Hospital on July 1st.

Head Alistair Johnson has said the school is in shock.

"This is a terrible tragedy that has left the whole Perranporth School community shocked and devastated.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Esmee. She was a bright, popular and fun loving member of our school who touched the lives and hearts of all who knew her. She will be terribly missed."

– Alistair Johnson, Head of Perranporth Primary School

Investigation after death of Cornish schoolgirl

Police say the death of a pupil at Perranporth Community Primary School is not suspicious Credit: Perranporth C P School

A seven-year-old girl has died after collapsing at a school in North Cornwall.

It happened at Perranporth School yesterday lunchtime, 1 July. She was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police are investigating but say her death is not suspicious.

Today's sports day has been cancelled but no reason has been given.



Thousands turn out for biggest ever beach clean

Thousands of volunteers are taking part in the annual Autumn Beach Clean this weekend.

This year the charity Surfers Against Sewage are holding 80 beach cleans across the South West and have teamed up with World Animal Protection to tackle the amount of discarded fishing gear that ends up on the regions beaches. Around 200 people volunteered at Perranporth today - one of the beaches worst effected by abandoned fishing gear.

West Country beaches lost tonnes of sand over winter

Hundreds of tonnes of sand had to be shifted at Perranporth Credit: ITV News

Beaches in the West Country lost thousands of tonnes of sand after last winter's storms and could take years to recover, according to a new report.

Those in Cornwall fared the worst in the country, with the tiny village of Beesands particularly affected.

Over the winter, hundreds of tonnes of sand had to be shifted to protect the Watering Hole pub which is on the beach at Perranporth.

Investigation into mysterious death of Alan Jeal to wind down

Alan Jeal's body was found on Perranporth Beach

Police investigating the death of a man whose naked body was found on Perranporth beach say they're now winding down their inquiries.

The body of 64-year-old Alan Jeal from Wadebridge was found with a sock and headphones stuffed into his mouth. He also had multiple injuries which police couldn't explain. He was last seen around Wadebridge, Truro, Newquay and Perranporth. Police say they're not ruling out a crime, but neither have they found anything to explain what happened to him.

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